AKRON — Kimball Curtis Firestone, grandson of Harvey Firestone and owner of Firestone's Culinary Tavern in Fredrick, Md., and Bob Troyer, a longtime publicist, friend and consultant to the Firestone family, were the keynote speakers at Bridgestone America's Inc.'s 39th annual Investors Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at Firestone Country Club.
This year, 154 Bridgestone inventors, representing 127 patents and 35 trade secrets designated in 2017, were honored. The theme of the dinner, attended by more than 200, was "Spirit of Innovation," recognizing the 150th year since the birth of Harvey Firestone.
"Innovation forms the foundation of our company, dating back to the founders Harvey Firestone and Shojiro Ishibashi, both of whom were incredible innovators and entrepreneurs," said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas.
Messrs. Firestone and Troyer shared personal insights into the family history and legacy. Bridgestone employees and members of the Bridgestone's executive leadership team attended the event.
The Akron campus, Bridgestone Americas' home for research and development of new products, consists of three main sites: Americas Technical Center, Data Center and Firestone Polymers.
Race tire production (the Advanced Technology Workshop that manufactures IndyCar race tires) continues in Akron at the site of the former Firestone Tire and Rubber Co,headquarters. About 900 work at the campus.